Fallen London’s June update returns to the Sunless Sea setting

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Fallen London’s June update returns to the Sunless Sea setting

Fallen London, the popular roleplaying browser game, has branched out and experimented quite a bit over the last decade. This has included the creation of standalone spinoff games, like Sunless Sea, Sunless Skies, and an upcoming dating simulator. The flagship game continues to go strong, and developer Failbetter Games has shared news about an update that includes a look at more port-related content, for all of you sailing fans out there. It also looks like players are getting a story follow-up to some content and quest hubs set up on islands and ports from Sunless Sea.

The sea — or zee, as it’s called in the fiction of Fallen London — isn’t a popular feature right now. The developer is making a whole host of changes to the way voyages work to make things nice and smooth in anticipation of the next big content arc, called Zeefarer.

350K Call of Duty accounts banned for ‘racist names or toxic behavior’

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350K Call of Duty accounts banned for ‘racist names or toxic behavior’

More than 350,000 Call of Duty accounts have been banned for “racist names or toxic behavior” on Call of Duty: Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Call of Duty: Mobile, according to a post from the series’ developers on Wednesday.

The bans have taken place over the past 12 months and were based on “player-submitted reports and an extensive review of our player-name database,” the post said.

Xbox and Bethesda Games E3 showcase coming June 13

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Xbox and Bethesda Games E3 showcase coming June 13

Microsoft will hold its E3 2021 games showcase on Sunday, June 13 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, the company announced Wednesday. The event — which Microsoft is calling the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase — will be streamed live on Xbox’s Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook channels.

In an announcement on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire, general manager of Xbox games marketing Aaron Greenberg said the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will focus “on games from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and many game creators from our partners around the world.”

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games brings wild costumes to track and field

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games brings wild costumes to track and field

If nothing else, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games happened as a video game. There’s still considerable COVID-19 concern within Japan and calls to cancel the previously delayed Summer Games, but Sega’s official adaptation has still gone forward, and is coming to western consoles on June 22.

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 — The Official Video Game actually launched in Japan in 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Its worldwide launch is for the same platforms, with the PC version available via Steam and Google Stadia.

Blizzard cancels BlizzCon 2021

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Blizzard cancels BlizzCon 2021

For the second year in a row, Blizzard Entertainment is throwing in the towel on an in-person BlizzCon, the company’s annual fan gathering. This year’s planned event has already been scrapped, Blizzard said in an announcement on Wednesday, citing “ongoing complexities and uncertainties of the pandemic.”

In place of BlizzCon 2021, Blizzard plans to hold a “global event” sometime in early 2022 that will include “smaller in-person gatherings.”

PlayStation Plus offers Virtua Fighter 5, Star Wars: Squadrons in June

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PlayStation Plus offers Virtua Fighter 5, Star Wars: Squadrons in June

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to three games in June: Electronic Arts’ Star Wars: Squadrons, Sega’s recently announced Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, and Clever Plays’ Operation: Tango for PlayStation 5. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Wednesday that the trio of PS Plus freebies will be available to download starting June 1.

Star Wars: Squadrons, developed by EA’s Motive studio, is a starfighter combat sim set in the Star Wars galaxy. Players pilot starships on both the Imperial and New Republic side, battling in deathmatch-style multiplayer and a team-based mode called Fleet Battles. Star Wars: Squadrons also includes a single-player campaign, during which players see both sides of the post-Return of the Jedi conflict. Squadrons supports PlayStation VR on PlayStation 4.

Xbox Games with Gold offers Injustice: Gods Among Us in June

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Xbox Games with Gold offers Injustice: Gods Among Us in June

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get four free games under Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold program in June, but they may only recognize one of them. That’s 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us. The DC Universe fighting game isn’t available until June 16, however.

Injustice is an Xbox 360 game; all of June’s Games with Gold are playable on Xbox Series X and Xbox One through backward compatibility.

Elite Dangerous co-creator apologizes for Odyssey’s buggy launch

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Elite Dangerous co-creator apologizes for Odyssey’s buggy launch

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey, the highly anticipated new expansion for the spacefaring game, launched in a sorry state. The upgrade is so riddled with bugs that co-creator and Frontier Developments CEO David Braben spent time on Friday personally apologizing to the community.

Players who booted up the game on launch night were met with connectivity issues that either prevented them from logging in at all or dropped them from game servers at random. Those who did make it into the game found that frame rates were stupefyingly low, even when using Frontier’s recommended specifications.

Monster Hunter Rise finally gets an ending in update 3.0

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Monster Hunter Rise finally gets an ending in update 3.0

Monster Hunter Rise will finally get an ending to its cliffhanger story with update 3.0, Capcom announced in a new livestream. The update launches Wednesday night for some Western players, and Thursday morning for Eastern players. The update also adds one new monster and a beefed-up version of an existing one.

Monster Hunter Rise’s biggest update in 3.0 is the new ending. Players can finally see what happens when Thunder Serpent Narwa — the game’s final monster at launch — meets up with Wind Serpent Ibushi. Capcom limited the details here, so as not to spoil the story. But Hunters will be able to pick up a new quest once they log in.

New Pokémon Home feature lets you look at Pokémon butts

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New Pokémon Home feature lets you look at Pokémon butts

Thanks to a new update coming to Pokémon Home, you will be able to view each and every one of your Pokémon’s butts.

Once the update debuts, trainers will be able to “view Pokémon registered to the Pokédex in Pokémon HOME from different angles, such as above or behind.” The Pokémon Company said in a news release Wednesday that people can try out it to get a “better look” at their Pokémon.